Email 29 Apr 2014

I feel like I read a cool article in a recentLiahona byDallin H. Oaks which was about sorting our priorities. It was pretty cool. It is interesting that on the mission I feel like I have learned the importance of giving up my will completely to the Lord, setting all of His priorities first, but at the same time, I’ve realized just how hard it is at times! Willing to put him first in everything, submit in every aspect of life, it is no easy task! But the more strict we get in our priorities, the well be blessed for it in exponential ways.

I’m pretty sure the one who just went in the MTC and knows me is Poasa Nagonevulavula. He is from our ward and just left over a week ago! He was really helpful and a good ward missionary before he left! Sunday night before his departure we had dinner at his families home. Way crazy good dinner. Good family. Their village is on it’s own little island in the middle of the Rewa river here!
This week was quite a bit better, but still pretty busy! We managed to meet with those who hadn’t been confirmed yet and we are pretty well arranged to get them confirmed this coming Sunday. We’ll be doing a split so that we can attend both units the same day. All is going well with them!
This last week as well we had two really cool experiences. First of all, three of our recent converts received the Melchizedek Priesthood this Sunday. Two of which had been baptized during my time in the area. There names are Vonijese, Pateresio, and Lepani (who was only baptized in March!). They are all doing really well and extremely happy and overjoyed with the whole event. Second, Pateresio gave us a referral for a man he knows in a village near where he stays. The village is called Waisere and it is in the middle of the jungle. We had to park our truck and take a 20 min walk through muddy trails to get to the village. It was a really beautiful village. There is no church there, but all are Christian. The man we met is the head of the village and he was happy to hear us and had been given previously a copy of the Doctrine and Covenants. After our visit, he officially opened the village for us to visit, and both of our members who were with us are confident that he’ll accept and be baptized as well as his sons and many others in the village. We were very possibly some of the first “kai-valagi” (white people) to even ever enter that village. So pretty much at this point we are getting more refferals and people to visit than we have time and allotted kilometers! Very busy. But the work is blessed and great. I am confident that we will be able to start a branch in Naitasiri before the end of the year if work continues like this. We have great priesthood potentials on their way!
That is about it for this week! I did get to do exchanges with one of our district leaders’ areas which is also the only Hindi speaking area in the mission, so that was exciting. Got to practice a bit on my Hindi 😛
Loloma levu!

Au lomani kemuni! Moce mada 🙂

~Elder Hancock
FSM

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